President Brad shares a brief Biblical insight that he gave to students in orientation in this week's video address.
Last Friday I sat behind a computer screen talking to a classmate of mine from the 80s. I was sitting in on my first Skype student interview as President. My friend has a son who is now attending Hillcrest, and in that short interview session I was both transported back and taken into the future of what God is doing at Hillcrest.
I was able to explain some of the traditional things we do at Hillcrest. You’ll see a highlight video below of our opening picnic. For alumni, not much has changed in the opening picnic. We share a meal on the front lawn with all the parents and students, and the students head out to the football field to engage in games that pull them out of their comfort zones to meet lifelong friends for the first time.
I was also able to share how Hillcrest is changing. Our foundation on the word of God is being fortified in our cultural engagement and academic training. Students come to Hillcrest from around the world. Some of the students hold cultural values and social ideas that are foreign to our midwest way of thinking. However, at Hillcrest I find that every student feels loved, even the ones who come with different ways of thinking. The one grounding thing we all have in common is that we’re made in the image of God. It's on this foundation that we see friendships built that turn into mentor relationships to guide our students to live for Christ.
You’ll also read below about an opportunity we have as a school to participate in and guide a new education program through the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. In addition to this article, you'll have a chance to read about one of the many student orientation sessions that I attended with our student body. Principal Isaac did a fantastic job laying out the vision and mission of Hillcrest, uniting the student body around the procedures and policies of our school.
In closing, we’re kicking off the school year, and our student body is growing. We currently have hit our enrollment target of 181 students. Last year our enrollment dipped, and our growth plan to address that is geared to honor the tradition and future vision of our school. We are looking for students who want to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. We believe God established Hillcrest as a training ground for young people to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus that impacts their community. Our recruitment efforts are to gain between 5 to 10 new students each year as we focus enrollment around the program God has established and is growing at our school. We are praising God for the ways he is calling us to honor the tradition and mission of Hillcrest while we look to the future in ministering to more families this year.
In that, we have a number of students who are attending Hillcrest who fit our student body but whose family has experienced some hardships lately. We are taking the next few months to raise funds for these students to attend Hillcrest. We do this with confidence, having prayed for wisdom in our work to minister to families whose students desperately want to grow in their faith. If you’d like to partner with these families through giving, please send me an email with a time we could visit on the phone or in person. I have permission to share their stories with you as we bear each other's burdens for the glory of Jesus.
Over the next week you’ll see more videos and stories come out from our campus. It has been a long summer without students, and we are ecstatic to mentor, train, and equip these Comets to know the Gospel and share the love of God with passion. I look forward to connecting with you in the coming months, and hope to find time to visit with you personally over the coming year.
Brad Hoganson | President
Hillcrest Selected for National Worldview Training Program
"Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have victims." Pens feverishly scribbled on paper that read 'Colson Center for Christian Worldview' in a bold header. Dr. Bill Brown from the Colson Center offered a specialized inservice to the nearly fifty faculty and staff in Hillcrest's kick-off meetings last week. Dr. Brown is the director of the Colson Fellows. Hillcrest is one of three schools participating in a special worldview training pilot program for Christian schools led by the Colson Center. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
Hillcrest has a long standing tradition of greeting families with an all-school picnic. This year we watched as students met what will become lifelong friends for the first time. WATCH THE OPENING PICNIC HIGHLIGHT>>
Orientation at Hillcrest unites the student body under the procedures and policies at Hillcrest. This week Principal Isaac Unpacked the theme in the orientation meetings. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE>>
Mr. Peterson Shares
During Welcome Week students gather in the evenings to hear the school theme unpacked by school leaders. Alumni Gaylen Peterson teaches art at Hillcrest and spoke to the students about the theme this week. WATCH MR. PETERSON'S PRESENTATION>>